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Swim Like a Mermaid


Did you know that you can finally fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a mermaid? There are many monofin tails on the market that you can buy for adults and children. Read on to learn more about where you can buy a monofin, different games and activities you can play, and how to be safe while wearing one.


Where to Buy One

You will need a monofin and a mermaid skin in order to swim like a mermaid in the water. There are many companies that you can purchase a monofin from — one quick google search will bring up hundreds! Here are the top names in affordable monofins.

Mertailor
The Mertailor is the best brand for realistic, professional-looking tails. They sell beautiful fabric tails and the most affordable silicone tails on the web. Their fabric tails are comparable in price to other companies.

Fin Fun
Fin Fun tails are the best brand for children and other beginner mermaids. Their tails are open at the bottom, making it easy to kick off the monofin if a potentially dangerous situation arises. Besides the opening at the bottom, their tails look very realistic.

The 2 Tails
The 2 Tails have a unique fin shape, and have tails for both men and women. Their Catalina collection looks very natural, and they also offer a fun sparkle tail.  They also dominate the market for tails specifically made for men.


Swimtails
Swimtails are the most affordable option for mermaid tails, but their tails aren’t very realistic looking. However, if that doesn’t matter to you or your child, they are a great beginner tail. They do come in many fun patterns like cotton candy and floral print.

Mermaid Games and Activities

Musical Islands
This game is similar to musical chairs, except you use pool floaties instead. Place a couple of “islands” (pool floaties) around the pool (one less than the number of people playing), and start the music. When the music stops, everyone needs to swim to the closest “island” and grab hold. Whoever doesn’t get one is out.  Remove one island and play again.

Mermaid Videos
Purchase or rent a nice underwater camera and record you and your friends, or your child and their friends mermaid-ing under the surface. You can learn how to do all sorts of tricks such as blowing heart bubbles, backflips, tail slaps, etc.


Miss Mermaiden
Host a “Miss Mermaiden” contest to see who will be the next “Miss Mermaiden.” Hold different contests (swimming, mermaid moves, mermaid questions, etc.) to decide who will have the title. While this game is more fun for kids, it can be quite the laugh for adults as well.

Underwater Treasure Hunt
If you are having a mermaid party, an underwater treasure hunt will be a fun game to play. Throw a couple of trinkets or diving sticks into the pool, and have a contest to see who can collect the most.

Mermaid Races
Once you or your child is comfortable swimming with the monofin, it’s time to host a mermaid race! A mermaid race is a contest to see who can swim under the water furthest. Just make sure that you give yourself plenty of space, as a monofin propels you forward faster than swimming without it.


Safety Concerns

Using a monofin is challenging and dangerous. Your legs are tied together, increasing the risk of drowning, even if you are an accomplished swimmer. Before you purchase a monofin for yourself or a child, you need to make sure that the user can pass the following swim test: they need to be able to to turn over from the front to the back, float on the back for 30 seconds, swim 25 meters, tread water for at least a minute, and dolphin kick 5 strokes on the front and back.

When you get a monofin, sit on the side of the pool and practice kicking before you ever get in the water. When you feel you are ready, swim with someone else to help you in case anything goes wrong, and stay in the shallow end. The key to swimming with a monofin is to practice! If the fin is for your child, never let them swim without adult supervision, even when they are ready to swim by themselves. It may be a good idea to find a mermaid class in your city to learn how to properly use the fin.


Annmarie John
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  1. I think these are pretty cool and who doesn't want to be a mermaid, right? Thanks for the list of companies that provide the fins. I'd love to check them out. I think it's important to practice until you or your child can handle swimming with it. Especially since it's not something that you can easily remove in and out of the water.

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    1. Exactly, You want to be sure that you can use them properly before actually using them.

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  2. Wow! I didn't even know you could by these (what rock have I been under). I love the green one in the picture with the lady (I mean mermaid) on the rock. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you and while I love them, I don't think I'll ever wear them myself.

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  3. I can't believe this is a real thing, but I love it. Scarlet used to think she'd just turn into a mermaid in the water and surprise Cassidy with that new development! Now maybe she really can!

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    1. Yes she really can and you should totally get her some monofins. :)

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  4. Oh my goodness! It's possible to be a real mermaid and people actually do it? Who knew!

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  5. I have always loved the idea of being a mermaid which reading my posts I think is pretty obvious lol. I love the culture.

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    1. Oh I love the idea of being a mermaid but don't think I'd ever want to really live in the water.

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  6. Using a monofin is challenging and dangerous. Your legs are tied together, increasing the risk of drowning... this is one part i picked so good. caution should be taken on this so well.

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    1. Yes it can be very dangerous so you should obviously practice water safety.

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  7. I am really jealous that these werent around when I was a little girl - because I would have LOVED it! ALthough, I guess I could get an adult one! haha...

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    1. You can totally get an adult one if you want.

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  8. This is really helpful info. I know my daughter loved mermaids as a child. I didn't know they even had monofins you could wear!

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    1. Yes they do and while I wouldn't wear it as an adult I would have as a child.

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  9. These are great tips to think about before "transforming" your child into a mermaid. I love the game ideas!

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    1. Thank you Kecia and thanks for stopping by.

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  10. This is awesome! I don't think I would ever try it, but it would be pretty for pictures!

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    1. Yes it would be really pretty for pics.

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  11. This is one of my fantasy dreams, to be a mermaid! Nice outfit!

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    1. And you can totally fulfill your fantasy.

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  12. I would not be comfortable letting my child swim with a mermaid tail, no matter how much they want it. It looks so dangerous, you need to have your legs free in order to swim and save yourself if there is a problem.

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    1. Well if you're there with your child you can totally supervise but I understand your concern.

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  13. Oh, I would love to have a mermaid outfit, especially that tail part. Would be a bit hard to move but it looks like once in a life thing. As you mentioned the safety side should be considered as swimming would be so much different.

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    1. It definitely is a once in a lifetime thing and you do need to consider safety while wearing them.

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  14. This is very interesting ... :-)) Different kind of post but well written! Very nice job!!

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  15. My daughter loves watching YouTube videos of little girls with monofins. They look so difficult. Maybe when she is like 12...

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    1. Well there is certainly no rush to do this. :)

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  16. This is definitely interesting. I would never have thought that there were this many companies that provided monofins.

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    1. Oh there are a lot of companies who do. A Google search will bring them up.

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  17. My daughter would love something like this. We always play mermaid games in the pool.

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    1. Maybe you can surprise her one day with her own monofin.

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  18. I know when my little girl is older she will want one of these. I would have when I was a kid. It looks like hours of fun.

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    1. It can be fun but remember safety when wearing them.

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  19. Wow, this is amazing and soo cute! I always wanted to be a mermaid. I watched so many tv shows about them, H2O is my fave. I feel silly now

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    1. I remember that show very well and I thought how cute they looked back then too.

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  20. Omg how cool are these mermaid fins!!! I took my daughter to a little mermaid these lunch last winter and she's been mermaid obsessed ever since. She would love this

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    1. Maybe you can surprise her at Christmas.

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  21. My 4 year old daughter has been on a mermaid kick lately. That's why I know that she'd love to have one of these mermaid tails!

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    1. And while I'm not sure a 4yr old would understand how to use them, with your help she might.

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  22. Who doesn't want to grow up and be a mermaid? This is so great that you've got it all together so someone can live out their childhood dream!

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    1. Oh I wanted to be a mermaid for lots of reasons growing up. Now, not quite so much.

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  23. Great article and tips! Glad to know where I could purchase this for my daughters. Thanks for the tips and concerns.

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  24. I've never thought how many aspects need to be thought of for these costumes, but the result is really fascinating.
    Your ideas for these parties and games are fun!

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    1. Yes there are lots to consider when thinking of becoming a mermaid. I'm glad that you were able to read them through.

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  25. On so cute! Thanks for the blog feature and tips you shared! Very helpful!

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    1. Thank you Cara and thank you for stopping by.

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  26. These are so pretty. I never thought to get a monofin of my own. I bet they are so fun to wear while relaxing by the water!

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    1. That's about how much I would do. Just stay near the water and not go in.

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  27. I just bought a monofin for my friend's child because she's been wanting one so bad. She just loves everything mermaids.

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    1. I hope she enjoys it. We're not quite ready for monofins yet but I love seeing other people wear them.

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  28. I always wante to be a mermaid, thanks for all this great photos and suggestions xoxo

    www.theninebyivana.blogspot.com

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    1. You're very welcome and now you have nothing stopping you.

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  29. I love the idea to be imaginative and be a mermaid! I actually really want one of those cozy blankets that is really a mermaid tail!

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    1. Those are awesome. I saw one recently and was thinking that I wanted one for me too.

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  30. I just crocheted myself a mermaid tail blanket to snuggle in! I love all things mermaid!

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    1. Oh that must look darling. I'd so love to see that!

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  31. My nieces love mermaids. I will have to suggest the idea of some of the games to their parents.

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    1. That's great! They should have some fun playing them.

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